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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Ben Matheson is a reporter at KYUK in Bethel.

Bethel preschool re-opens after monumental cleanup effort

Bethel preschool re-opens after monumental cleanup effort

The Bethel M.E. preschool is 95 percent back to normal after a week of cleaning up after vandals ransacked the school, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

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August 26, 2015
Gov. Walker continues to fight land into trust for Alaska tribes

Gov. Walker continues to fight land into trust for Alaska tribes

Governor Walker is continuing the state’s appeal of a case that clears a path for Alaska tribes to put land into trust. Lawyers for the state filed an opening brief late Monday to appeal a ruling that overturns the so-called “Alaska exemption.”

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August 25, 2015
As national media hone in on Alaska, ICC plots its course

As national media hone in on Alaska, ICC plots its course

Alaska and the future of Arctic policy are seeing increased international attention as the U.S. holds the chairmanship for the Arctic Council and foreign ministers prepare to meet in Anchorage later this month. Bethel has seen international leaders on hand last week as the Inuit Circumpolar Council executive council met to plan their next few years of work.

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August 24, 2015
Yupiit Nation Presses for Tribal Governance Progress

Yupiit Nation Presses for Tribal Governance Progress

Yupiit Nation tribal members at an event Friday made a last second push for advancing sovereignty in Alaska. A few dozen people at a Yupiit Nation event in Bethel sent a late Friday afternoon letter to Governor Walker asking him to stop the state’s fight against putting lands into trust.

August 24, 2015
5 youths, ages 10 to 13, suspected in Bethel school vandalism spree

5 youths, ages 10 to 13, suspected in Bethel school vandalism spree

Bethel police have identified five juveniles age 10 and 13, suspected of vandalizing preschool classrooms and smashing windows in more than a dozen cars owned by the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Charges are being sent to the division of juvenile justice.

August 18, 2015
Bethel Preschool Trashed by Vandals

Bethel Preschool Trashed by Vandals

Vandals trashed preschool classrooms and smashed windows in 13 of the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s vehicles over the weekend.

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August 17, 2015
Child Porn Suspect Arrested in South Carolina

Child Porn Suspect Arrested in South Carolina

Authorities have arrested the former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation who is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

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August 13, 2015
Bethel Council Nixes City-Run Liquor Store Vote in October

Bethel Council Nixes City-Run Liquor Store Vote in October

There will not be a vote this October for Bethel to go into local option status and pursue opening a city-run liquor store. The Bethel City Council by a vote of five to one rejected sending the vote to citizens.

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August 13, 2015
Former YKHC Network Manager Indicted for Child Porn Distribution

Former YKHC Network Manager Indicted for Child Porn Distribution

A former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is accused of possessing and distributing vast amounts of child pornography.

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August 12, 2015
New York-based investors buy majority stake in Ravn

New York-based investors buy majority stake in Ravn

New York investors are now majority owners of the Ravn Air group, which mostly serves rural Alaska.

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August 11, 2015
Governor Meets with Tribes in Advance of Land Trust Deadline

Governor Meets with Tribes in Advance of Land Trust Deadline

Governor Bill Walker faces an August deadline for determining the future of the state’s appeal against a court case that could clear a path for Alaska tribes to put land into trust.

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August 10, 2015
The Kuskokwim’s first commercial opening is Monday afternoon. KYUK file photo.

Commercial Fishing on the Kuskokwim Opens Monday

Managers say that this year’s silver run is below average for this time of year and could be late or weak. But they say there should be enough fish for escapement, subsistence, and a limited commercial harvest.

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August 10, 2015
New York-based investors buy majority stake in Ravn

New York-based investors buy majority stake in Ravn

New York investors are now majority owners of the Ravn Air group, which mostly serves rural Alaska.

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August 10, 2015
Sleetmute man arrested for alleged ax assault

Sleetmute man arrested for alleged ax assault

State Troopers arrested a Sleetmute man Wednesday who reportedly attacked a man with an ax the night before. Aniak troopers arrested 25-year-old Kristopher Gregory.

August 7, 2015
Gov. Walker Meets With Kuskokwim Tribes on Trust Lands

Gov. Walker Meets With Kuskokwim Tribes on Trust Lands

Governor Bill Walker was in Akiachak and Tuluskak Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit involving tribal lands into trust, according to officials in Akiachak. Walker’s office kept his first visit to southwest Alaska since his election low profile amid high interest in a case that could reshape jurisdiction on Alaska Native lands.

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August 5, 2015
Atchak Arraigned for Murder Charge in Death of Roxanne Smart

Atchak Arraigned for Murder Charge in Death of Roxanne Smart

Twenty-year-old Samuel Atchak was arraigned in Bethel Superior Court Tuesday morning. He’s charged in the murder of Roxanne Smart last August. The arraignment follows an indictment by a grand jury. A public defender Tuesday entered not guilty pleas.

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August 4, 2015
Shageluk Man Dies After Reportedly Jumping from Boat

Shageluk Man Dies After Reportedly Jumping from Boat

A Shageluk man has died after reportedly jumping out of a boat in the Innoko River. State troopers say 48-year-old Robert Demientieff jumped out of the boat about seven miles upriver of Shageuluk late Friday evening.

August 4, 2015
Summer work underway at Red Devil Mine in advance of big cleanup

Summer work underway at Red Devil Mine in advance of big cleanup

Crews are sampling water and sediments this summer near the site of the old Red Devil mercury mine in the middle Kuskokwim. It’s work that comes in advance of a large clean up project.

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August 3, 2015

Pregnant Kotlik Woman Loses Child After Assault

State Troopers are investigating an assault in Kotlik after a pregnant victim’s baby died.

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August 3, 2015
Kuskokwim Silver Salmon Run Underway

Kuskokwim Silver Salmon Run Underway

Silver salmon are running up the Kuskokwim River and managers say the coho at the Bethel Test Fishery will soon be more abundant than chums.

July 30, 2015